SECONDARY DISEASES OF THE SPINE: POSTOPERATIVE BACKACHE

When surgery is contemplated, the backache being treated usually originates from the discs. When bulging or after rupture they can scratch or compress nerve roots causing severe pain, tingling, numbness and muscular weakness, depending on what nerves they have damaged. Now, logically speaking, when the pain returns after surgery, it is right to assume that either the original pain was not caused by the discs or the new pain does not originate from the discs. In the former situation surgery was not the right solution or treatment, and in the latter the surgery did not cure the backache and probably created new complications. If there is no disc (scooping this out is the most common surgical procedure – either in part or whole) then where is the pain coming from?
The most common cause of post-operative backache originates in the muscles and tendons. In the absence of the natural ‘shock absorbers’ or ‘buffers’ (discs), the muscles and tendons take up these functions while walking, jogging, coming down stairs etc. This repetitive strain causes muscles and tendons to ache, due to lactic acid accumulation caused by excessive demand of energy by overworked muscles. This may often lead to inflammation, which causes symptoms like early morning stiffness, chronic pain that does not go away with rest (ache caused by lactic acid disappears with rest), restriction of movement etc.
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SECONDARY DISEASES OF THE SPINE: POSTOPERATIVE BACKACHEWhen surgery is contemplated, the backache being treated usually originates from the discs. When bulging or after rupture they can scratch or compress nerve roots causing severe pain, tingling, numbness and muscular weakness, depending on what nerves they have damaged. Now, logically speaking, when the pain returns after surgery, it is right to assume that either the original pain was not caused by the discs or the new pain does not originate from the discs. In the former situation surgery was not the right solution or treatment, and in the latter the surgery did not cure the backache and probably created new complications. If there is no disc (scooping this out is the most common surgical procedure – either in part or whole) then where is the pain coming from?The most common cause of post-operative backache originates in the muscles and tendons. In the absence of the natural ‘shock absorbers’ or ‘buffers’ (discs), the muscles and tendons take up these functions while walking, jogging, coming down stairs etc. This repetitive strain causes muscles and tendons to ache, due to lactic acid accumulation caused by excessive demand of energy by overworked muscles. This may often lead to inflammation, which causes symptoms like early morning stiffness, chronic pain that does not go away with rest (ache caused by lactic acid disappears with rest), restriction of movement etc.*222\330\8*

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